The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde

I… sigh… see… sigh… well…

Okay let’s start at the beginning. I keep looking at my copy of The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde, really wanting to read something, anything that was that good. I’ve read some ‘fun’ books the last few weeks but I wanted something a little more substantial. And then it hit me, Fforde has written other books. I should just check one of them out.

The Big Over Easy sounds right up my alley. I wish I could say that I loved this book or even liked it. Sadly, it was just okay. It took me almost a month to finish this. It never takes me a month to read a book. Any other author, I would have thrown in the towel. I just kept hoping that things would get better.

The Big Over Easy starts out interestingly enough. Humpty Dumpty is discovered dead outside of his residence at Grimm’s Road- fallen off the wall, apparently. Detective Inspector Jack Spratt, from The Nursery Crime Division, is called to the scene. We discover that Dumpty is a shady character, funding revolutions, spending time is prison and having many lovers. And then we discover a whole bunch of other random stuff, that the story gets ‘lost’. Fforder has many characters and subplots going in this novel, that it just really turned me off. I had to force myself to finish this book. :/

Apparently, this was the first book that Fforde ever wrote. Thankfully, his writing has IMPROVED. I would not recommend this book. I am still a huge fan of The Last Dragon Slayer Series and recommend that. I guess everyone is allowed to write a bad book, even a favorite author.

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